AT THIS TIME THIS NATURE PRESERVE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Location and Directions
Located in northern Mecklenburg County east of Shearer Rd, and north of E. Rocky River Rd.
From I-77, take exit 30 toward Davidson (Griffith St.). Go 1 mile and turn Right on Main St. in downtown Davidson. Take the next left on Concord Rd. Proceed 2 miles and bear slightly left, continuing on E. Rocky River Rd. Go 2.3 miles and make a left on Shearer Rd. Brackett Bluff is to the east of Shearer Rd. about one mile north of E. Rocky River Rd. There is no parking and no public access.
History and Description
Rocky River Bluff consists of 61.1 forested acres along the Rocky River, which flows into the Yadkin River. This preserve was purchased for watershed protection and for the preservation of the forested bluffs and associated plant communities. It is a designated Natural Heritage Site of Regional Significance. The property was purchased by Mecklenburg County in October, 2002. Davidson Lands Conservancy holds a conservation easement on the preserve.
Education and Programs
Current access only with guided walks led by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation staff or Davidson Lands Conservancy staff.
There are no public amenities.
Flora and Fauna
The forest here ranges from rich floodplain forest to moist or “mesic” forest on the east facing slopes, to dry forest on the ridges. The forests are diverse and contain some uncommon plant species. Threats to this preserve include the spread of Kudzu.